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Fabiano Caruana: The Young Chess Prodigy with a Competitive Edge

Discover the world-renowned chess player, Fabiano Caruana. Dual nationality, youngest GM in America, and trained by the best coaches. Learn more here.

Who is Fabiano Caruana?

Fabiano Caruana, born in Miami in 1992, is a chess prodigy and one of the top players in the world. He became a Grandmaster at the age of 14 years, 11 months, and 20 days, beating Hikaru Nakamura’s record for the youngest GM in America.

Caruana’s parents are Italian-American, giving him dual nationality, and he has represented both Italy and America during his career. His natural talent was recognized at the age of five when he attended an after-school chess club at the Congregation Beth Elohim and studied under chess author and National Master Bruce Pandolfini.

Caruana has trained with some of the best coaches in chess, including GM Alexander Chernin, IM Boris Zlotnik, and GM Vladimir Chuchelov, as his family moved from the US to Madrid, Budapest, Switzerland, and back to the US.

Known for his aggressive playing style, Caruana has been compared to Philippine player Wesley So. While he still prefers to go in hard and fast, he recognizes the importance of introducing variety into his gameplay. By incorporating advanced calculation and strategic fluidity, he has become a universally challenging player.

So, who is Fabiano Caruana? He’s a dual-nationality chess superstar who’s not afraid to mix it up on the board. Checkmate, anyone?

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What is Fabiano Caruana’s rating?

As of June 2021, Caruana’s FIDE rating is 2806. This places him in second place, behind Magnus Carlsen of Norway with 2847, and ahead of Liren Ding, China, and Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi, with 2799 and 2792 respectively. Wesley So is in ninth place, having a FIDE rating of 2772.

An exciting, recent game between Fabi and Ian Nepomniachtchi (who faces Magnus for the World Chess Championship)

Who is Fabiano Caruana’s coach?

Caruana has been fortunate to have had the backing of supportive parents, who have encouraged the chess genius to reach for the stars. He has also had access to some of the world’s best coaches throughout his career, and although currently, he isn’t working with any, these coaches have undoubtedly contributed greatly to his success.

During the tender ages of 6 to 8 years old, he studied under the American National Master, Bruce Pandolfini. Arguably America’s greatest chess player, Pandolfini was the consultant on the bestselling novel The Queen’s Gambit. At 8, he moved on to learn from the Russian-born Miron Sher who gained his GM title in 1992. Renowned for his strategic openings, Sher was coach to the Russian National Team, before moving to America in the 1990s.

In 2004 when Caruana was 12, his family relocated to Spain, acknowledging that Europe was the best place for the child prodigy to continue his chess career, and IM Boris Zlotnik became Caruana’s trainer. Three years later saw the family move again, this time to Budapest to study under GM Alexander Chernin. An expert on the Pirc Defense, this chess theorist, as well as being a successful coach, is a published author on the topic.

Switzerland was Caruana’s next location, and in 2010 GM Vladimir Chuchelov became his coach for the next 4 years. With Chuchelov’s usual dry candor, he described their relationship:

“It seemed that Fabiano enjoyed the training sessions. However, Fabiano was not very trusting of a new trainer, so I had to prove my authority,” and  “We’re having fun, let’s say.”

What is Fabiano Caruana’s IQ?

Caruana’s IQ – which stands for intelligence quotient, has never been published, however, we assume it will be in excess of 170. Magnus Carlsen’s, for comparison, is 190. Chess players are considered to have higher than average IQ scores, often well over 100.

Has Fabiano beaten Carlsen?

The scene took place in Holborn, London, in the winter of 2018, where the chess giant went up against the reigning chess god. The World Chess Championship consisted of a series of frustrating draws, coming down to a nail-biting final day. Carlsen chose the last day to strike, winning the rapid tiebreak games in a 3-0 wipeout.

Carlsen left with a hefty €550,000 boost to his bank balance.

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Caruana, Carlsen and the Harrelson Blunder!

Does Fabiano Caruana have a girlfriend or partner?

This guy is all about the chess, and seemingly nothing else matters! We cannot be sure, but after studying countless snaps of the chess heavyweight, he appears to be single – his only queen being of the carved kind!

Is Fabiano Caruana Jewish?

Born to Lou and Santina Caruana, an Italian-American couple, and attending the Congregation Beth Elohim, a Reform Jewish temple in his hometown of the time, Brooklyn, it’s a fairly safe bet to assume Caruana is Jewish.

How tall is Fabiano Caruana?

Caruana stands at an impressive 6 feet 6, with the world’s number one, Magnus Carlsen at a more diminutive 5 feet11.

What is Fabiano Caruana’s net worth?

Caruana has an estimated net worth of $14 million as of 2020. This has been gained through his competitive chess career, including pocketing a whopping $511,400 for winning silver at the World Championships in 2018.

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